Tuesday, April 2, 2019 marks six months since Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered inside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. In a powerful op-ed, Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan calls for “accountability for this abhorrent crime” and “justice for an innocent journalist,” writing:
“The Saudis have adopted a strategy of evasion. They still have not produced Khashoggi’s body, preventing his family from holding a proper Islamic funeral. The regime has scapegoated expendable officials, seeking to quell international furor by staging a sham trial. The coordinator of the operation that killed Khashoggi, Saud al-Qahtani, remains free - and is actively advising the crown prince...”
“In keeping with his transactional view of foreign policy, Trump seems all too willing to sell out America’s principles. But what has his approach added to the other side of the ledger? He claims that the value of Saudi arms deals, as well as Saudi Arabia’s assistance in meeting our strategic goals in the region, require us to mute our objections to the regime’s offenses. But those purported billions of dollars in weapons sales, and advances in Middle East peace, have yet to materialize.”
Foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius devoted his Friday column to Khashoggi, writing:
“Saudi Arabia still hasn’t explained officially how and why the Post Global Opinions columnist was killed. But Saudi and American sources have begun disclosing new information about the people and events surrounding Khashoggi’s fatal visit to Istanbul. They’ve described secret intelligence deals that are now frozen. And they’ve explained, in the clearest detail yet, how an operation that began as a kidnapping ended with a gasping, dying Khashoggi pleading: “I can’t breathe.”
Contributor Lee Bollinger addressed how the U.S. could prosecute Khashoggi’s killers in a Sunday column, writing:
“The deadly assault on Khashoggi — a legal resident of the United States, with children who are U.S. citizens — was also a brazen and an egregious assault against American values and against the First Amendment rights he exercised in this country. Federal prosecutors thus have an obligation to investigate and potentially bring a criminal case against Khashoggi’s killers. It would be somewhat novel to prosecute the murder of a noncitizen abroad, committed by noncitizens — and there would be legal hurdles to overcome — but there are reasonable legal bases for a U.S. federal investigation and prosecution.”
In addition, tomorrow The Post newsroom will release the documentary ‘The Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi’ which chronicles the events surrounding Khashoggi’s killing, featuring interviews with Post Publisher Fred Ryan, Khashoggi’s editor Karen Attiah, Post reporters who are covering the story, and friends of Khashoggi in Turkey who depict a gruesome murder of a highly-respected journalist and how far powerful people would go to silence dissent. The documentary can be viewed on The Post’s site as well as YouTube and Amazon.